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2014-01-31 01:19:05 PM  

ZAZ: The map says Boston and suburbs wilt under a foot of snow. It takes less than that in recent years to close schools. I expect the reason is, reliable weather forecasts are taken more seriously.


Yep, this is bullshiat for Boston metro.
 
2014-01-31 01:24:03 PM  

nekom: I'd love to see similar stats for temperature.  There were a LOT of snow days this month, but none of them were for snow, they were for frigid temperatures.


Same here.  Only the first one on January 6th was due to snow.  The rest were due to the fact that it was too cold for salt to work so the roads had turned into ice sheets after the plows came through.
 
2014-01-31 01:30:13 PM  
Being in Tennessee we get some snow.  This past week we got 4-5 inches in some areas.  I was at my last account for the day and one of the employees originally from NY was mocking all the customers and other employees for panicking.  At that time barely an inch fell, when he went home for the day he put his car in a ditch trying to leave the parking lot
 
2014-01-31 01:39:03 PM  
According to that map, I grew up in an area where it took 24" of snow in one storm to cancel school. Bullshiat. Think more like 30". Hell. my old National Guard unit still held weekend drill after a storm that dropped 36""+ of snow overnight. On the Friday night before the drill. Granted, half the unit no-showed, but we still held drill. To be fair, though, this was a Halloween weekend, where *no one* was expecting 36" of snow to fall in one night. Even in northern Wisconsin. They were more likely to cancel school because of cold weather (think -45F wind chills) than snow.
 
2014-01-31 01:41:50 PM  
A agree with my area of the map (central IL).  Though this winter school has been called off 4 maybe 5 times because of cold but no snow days.
 
2014-01-31 01:42:09 PM  

UberDave: Hell, they cancelled school earlier this week on the mere threat of snow.


Same here in Ouachita Parish,LA. Kids were out for TWO days, and not a single flake was seen.
 
2014-01-31 01:42:12 PM  

Fast Moon: nekom: I'd love to see similar stats for temperature.  There were a LOT of snow days this month, but none of them were for snow, they were for frigid temperatures.

Same here.  Only the first one on January 6th was due to snow.  The rest were due to the fact that it was too cold for salt to work so the roads had turned into ice sheets after the plows came through.


This past week here in Battle Creek, the school district closed for two days straight because of the cold.
 
2014-01-31 01:45:13 PM  
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2014-01-31 01:46:16 PM  
Haha, Southerners are pussies.
 
2014-01-31 01:46:31 PM  
I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!
 
2014-01-31 01:50:26 PM  

Ursa Minor: I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!


In the irrigation ditch?
 
2014-01-31 02:04:16 PM  

MindStalker: nobody "chips in" for the public roads.


Really, no one pays taxes?  So I don't need to bother with my 1040 this year?  I don't have to pay that gas tax? I can shirk off my property tax?  Brilliant!
 
2014-01-31 02:05:56 PM  

MindStalker: The county pays them good money for it.


And where does this county money come from if not all of us chipping in?
 
2014-01-31 02:37:41 PM  

Bondith: I spent grad school in Ottawa.  The standard they use isn't how deep the snow is on the ground, it's how far you can see through the snow in the air.


That's how it is in North Dakota too. A strong blizzard around here will drop maybe 3-5 inches of snow, but then the 50-mph winds pick it all up and blow it around, reducing visibility to zero for three days.

I've spent my entire life here and I don't remember us ever getting more than a foot of fallen snow in one snowfall, or having the schools closed due to weather not related to "blowing and drifting snow."

/yes, ND blows
 
2014-01-31 02:38:08 PM  

HeadLever: MindStalker: nobody "chips in" for the public roads.

Really, no one pays taxes?  So I don't need to bother with my 1040 this year?  I don't have to pay that gas tax? I can shirk off my property tax?  Brilliant!


What are you babbling about? The arguement was it would be a cluserfark if there wasn't a central government to handle paying for the plowing. You said everyone would chip in "like they do now", I said no-one chips in for major roads, then you went back to arguing that we have a central government to handle that through taxes.
 
2014-01-31 02:46:31 PM  

MindStalker: The arguement was it would be a cluserfark if there wasn't a central government to handle paying for the plowing.


No, you arguemnt was "Folks chipping in for the public roads", nobody "chips in" for the public roads."  The 'central government' is just where this chipped in money is collected and distributed as needed to plow the roads.  Seems to be much more efficient than everyone trying to hire different folks for the same job.
 
2014-01-31 03:12:39 PM  

HeadLever: MindStalker: How the fark would that even work..

Gee, I don't know.

Some of these for the private areas
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Folks chipping in for the public roads kind of like they do now.


I'm not sure where you're from but its a liability issue here. No private plower ever plows public roads.
 
2014-01-31 03:17:08 PM  

Bondith: Ursa Minor: I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!

In the irrigation ditch?


Nope, on Garbage Hill.
Not sure where the irrigation ditch reference comes from.
 
2014-01-31 03:42:25 PM  

Ursa Minor: Bondith: Ursa Minor: I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!

In the irrigation ditch?

Nope, on Garbage Hill.
Not sure where the irrigation ditch reference comes from.


Someone from Manitoba once told me that the longest, steepest hill available for sledding was the side of the irrigation canal.  It might have been Brandon rather than Winterpeg.  Also, as a BCer I'm required to mock the flatness of the prairie provinces every chance I get.
 
2014-01-31 03:54:10 PM  

MindStalker: Yes, but I couldn't imagine the insanity of a patchwork of buyers each paying for different roads/expressways being plowed. As for neighborhoods, yes it is often handled by the individual neighborhood association.


You haven't lived in a rural place where everyone makes their own arrangements for plowing, have you?
Nor seen garbage pickup taking place in a city where everyone chooses their garbage removal service?
Does your city mow everyone's lawns, or can't you imagine the insanity of everyone keeping their own grass cut?
Life Contracts find a way.
 
2014-01-31 04:07:15 PM  

WelldeadLink: You haven't lived in a rural place where everyone makes their own arrangements for plowing, have you?


Yeah, I think Atlanta just tried this.

//I'm talking about major roads, not neighborhoods or personal driveways.
 
2014-01-31 04:17:27 PM  
It's not an irrigation canal, it's a floodway.
But we do have larger ski hills in Manitoba in the Riding Mountain area.

FYI - Garbage Hill is an old land fill site, now the largest hill in Winnipeg.
The snow covers the broken glass! Lol!

But yeah, we have a lot more flatness and a lot less smelly hippies than BC.
 
2014-01-31 04:37:17 PM  
As someone who has taken two years of cartography:  The color ramp for the county by county map need tweeked,

Otherwise, cool maps!
 
2014-01-31 05:12:04 PM  

drsmith: I'm not sure where you're from but its a liability issue here. No private plower ever plows public roads.


Same here. Responsibility of the DOT. If some non-contracted private company or some guy with a shiatty Ford who thinks he is Mr. Plow hits a car, destroys a curb, tears up the road or hits anything else, they are in a LOT of shiat.
 
2014-01-31 05:24:27 PM  

drsmith: I'm not sure where you're from but its a liability issue here. No private plower ever plows public roads.


Talking about chipping in via taxes to have the county/state plow the roads.
 
2014-01-31 05:26:04 PM  
This is inaccurate. 2 ft of snow and I'll still be going to school in northern IL. The magic words for cancelling school that are always thrown around are "blowing and drifting." The amount of snow doesn't matter if there's little to no wind.
 
2014-01-31 05:28:23 PM  
I have had more than 12 inches of snow fall in my area, and still have school. Not entirely accurate, but probably close enough.
 
2014-01-31 05:36:21 PM  
here in california, we have fire days.  if the air is too heavy in smoke, it's closed.  it happens enough.
 
2014-01-31 05:48:13 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Geotpf: As usual, California laughs at everybody else's snow shenanigans.  I think it snows once here every five years, for about an hour at 3 am.  Best yet if you want to do winter type activities, there's plenty of snow in the mountains an hour north of here.

One-quarter of inch of rain is usually enough to cause panic in Southern California.


Last night it drizzled a bit for about 10 minutes.  I leaned out the door to smell the rain and heard a neighbor call out to someone inside their house 'Look, it's POURING!  It's POURING out there!'

These native SoCal folk crack me up.
 
2014-01-31 07:43:22 PM  
Is this some kind of joke that I'm not getting? We don't cancel school in TX over "any snow", only when the roads are iced over or there is several inches on the roads. Also, I grew up in western NY and there is no way in hell we would go to school in 23" of snow. Hell the blizzard of 77 only dropped 12" of snow and all of western NY was snowed in for weeks afterward.
 
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2014-01-31 08:11:39 PM  
ReapTheChaos

No joke, just a mostly made-up graph.
 
2014-01-31 09:52:22 PM  

SewerSquirrels: Here in MN they've taken to canceling school because of the cold, not just snow.


Roanoke City (and surrounding areas) did just that last week or whenever when we had the "polar vortex" cold snap. Temperatures fell into the teens!
 
2014-02-01 02:53:59 AM  
Around here this year, they have cancelled school WITHOUT snow.

They blame the fact that some kids dont wear jackets and they dont want to be liable if they freeze to death.

I crap you not.  its not just ONE district, its all of them around here.
 
2014-02-01 08:45:33 AM  
Meanwhile, in Atlanta:

media2.s-nbcnews.com

The snow, it came out of nowhere!
 
2014-02-01 11:39:51 AM  

Mr. Breeze: My wife never had a snow day. This was in Montana. She only experienced one cancellation which occurred when the high temp for the day was -30°.

/csb


This. I had one snow day growing up in Montana, and that was the day the pipes in the school froze. We had a few "snow" days my freshman year in college at Montana State, when the temperature dropped as low as -42F and wind chills were in the -70s to -80s (using the old wind chill system at any rate). We ran from the dorm up to the student union one day during this and it was like being on Mars. My friend from Minnesota said he'd never seen anything like it.
 
2014-02-01 11:54:25 AM  
We also had a partial snow day due to the solar eclipse in 1980. They made us stay home so we wouldn't go blind looking at it, or something.
 
2014-02-01 11:42:23 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Is this some kind of joke that I'm not getting? We don't cancel school in TX over "any snow", only when the roads are iced over or there is several inches on the roads. Also, I grew up in western NY and there is no way in hell we would go to school in 23" of snow. Hell the blizzard of 77 only dropped 12" of snow and all of western NY was snowed in for weeks afterward.


The Blizzard Of '77 dropped hardly any NEW snow, but rather picked up the few feet of snow that was sitting on frozen lake Erie and picked it up and dropped it on WNY.  I assume you've seen the Father Baker expwy aftermath with 8'drifts completely covering cars, drifts as tall as houses, people abandoning their cars on the lakefront ,etc.  I grew up in the southern tier, and we were lucky to  only have 3 feet of snow on our yard.  A front-end loader had to plow our driveway.  Friends that grew up in Buffalo had stories of city buses covered in snow. I didn't believe it until I saw the sideshows on YouTube.
 
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